Former Pitt Community College president dead at 85

WINTERVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – A former president at Pitt Community College passed away on Wednesday.

Dr. Charles Russell was 85 years old.

Russell was appointed the college’s third president in 1983 and retired in 2003. The Charles E. Russell Building was named in his honor in 2012.

After his retirement, Russell became a minister, serving at Hugo Original Free Will Baptist Church for ten years.

“Calling upon the work ethic he developed on the farm as a youngster and guided by his Christian faith and dedication to seeing others improve their life circumstances, Dr. Charles Russell poured his heart and soul into helping Pitt Community College become a leader within the North Carolina Community College System,” PCC President Lawrence Rouse said. “I am grateful for his friendship, support and dedicated service to PCC and higher education, in general. Pitt Community College and Pitt County were blessed to have a man of Charles Russell’s integrity in their corner for more than five decades.”

A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Pinelawn Memorial Park in Kinston, while his body will lie in repose from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Taylor-Tyson Funeral Service in Snow Hill.